NASHVILLE, July 3 (UPI) — In the wake of 19 drownings or near-drownings in one month, doctors at a Nashville hospital warn parents to stay focused on their children when in the pool.
Dr. Thomas Abramo, director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, says the emergency department at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville has seen almost five times the number of children involved in drownings or near-drownings since Memorial Day, compared to the same period last year.
“This is a crisis and parents need to focus and keep a constant eye on their kids,” Abramo says in a statement. “All of the cases involved a situation where it appears that the person responsible for watching the child took their eyes off them, even if for a second.”
Those caring for children while they are near or in a pool should be focused on the children and not looking at e-mail, texting, or even talking on the phone.
Nicole Flynn’s 19-month-old son is on life support at the hospital’s pediatric critical care unit after he nearly drowned at his father’s above-ground pool.
“He got away for just a second,” Flynn said. “I want to warn all families to watch their children. We are grieving so bad.”
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